A Santa Barbara classic - T-Crack at Gibraltar
Gibraltar has a collection of ~5 sandstone crags that are generally south facing single pitch affairs. Popular with climbers and teenagers alike, the combined crags have some of the best climbing in SB. While the easier routes on the main Gibraltar rock may be gang toproped over the weekend, there just aren't that many climbers in SB to make any area crowded.
Head up Gibraltar road ~15 minutes to the obvious collection of cliffs.
Gibraltar road may be reached by heading up Mission to the 192, E on the 192 to the sewage treatment plant, and then up the hillside from there.
Detailed Directions [from Matthew Fienup]:
From the Mission, drive 1/2 block north towards the mountains. Turn right onto Mountain Drive. After 100 yards, you will encounter a yield sign at an unusual serpentine intersection--continue straight-ish through the intersection on Mountain Drive and follow twists and turns for 1 mile. Turn left on Mountain Drive in front of the green municipal water building. After about 1/4 mile, where the road curves left, take a soft right onto Gibraltar Road (be careful not to take a hard right onto Mountain Avenue). After 1/3 mile you will reach a stop sign. Continue straight through the intersection and follow Gibraltar Road as it winds for 4.4 miles up the hill to the site.
Weather station 2.9 miles from here
47 Total Routes
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By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
Mar 29, 2009
The Municipal Water building is no longer green, it is white... It looks like a castle kinda with no windows. As of 3-28-09 there is a road closed sign (probably due to the fire that recently swept through the area) on Gibraltar Rd, however the road is open all the way to the top.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
May 26, 2009
Gibraltar Road is now open, following the devastation of the Jesusita Fire. Every crag in the Gibraltar Area (including Cold Springs Dome) was seriously affected. For a gallery of images of the various crags and the effects of the fire, click here